Volunteers wanted for Great Backyard Bird Count

Published Feb 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm (Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm)

The National Audubon Society, along with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, invites participation in the 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). It’s fun and free; participants don’t even have to leave their house to get involved.

Each year over the four-day President’s Day weekend, people of all ages and levels of bird watching experience are encouraged to look out at their yard and count the birds they see. Checklists are then entered into an online database where participants can also find information about birds, kids’ activities, and Top 10 lists. The web tools are intended to introduce backyard birdwatching as a fun and engaging activity that truly contributes to conservation science for Audubon and its partners.

The GBBC takes place Feb.15-18, and is free and open to everyone. Participants are asked to spend at least 15 minutes on each of the four days to count birds in backyards, schoolyards, or parks. Pennsylvania is annually among the top states in “number of contributed checklists” and aims to recapture the number one position it held in 2009.

For more information, visit www.birdcount.org or pa.audubon.org.

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